Getting married on Saturday? What about the World Cup Football?

Are you getting married this coming Saturday? You must be so excited and hopefully by now all of your planning is complete and you imagined you would simply be looking forward to the big day. But what about the World Cup football?

When you first booked your wedding day, possibly now more than one year ago, you would have had no idea that England would have made it through to the quarter finals of the Football World Cup and that their match is at 3pm this coming Saturday.

So, what to do about it?

I think it’s fair to say that just about the entire country will be behind the team and that huge numbers of people who would not normally be interested in football, will be watching the match.  But what about all of your wedding guests?

If you yourself (or your fiancé) are passionate about football, you have probably already been making plans to ensure that you and your guests get the opportunity to see the match as well as attending the wedding.  But if you have no interest in football, or simply feel it is nowhere near as important as your wedding day, you might be thinking of doing nothing and just expecting your guests to turn up and miss the match.

Personally, I would strongly advise against this. As a wedding planner, I always advise my couples to think about your guests’ experience of your day and indeed their anticipation in the build up to it. If your guests would prefer to be elsewhere, or feel disgruntled because they are missing out on the big match, this will undoubtedly affect the atmosphere on the day. You might even have guests disappearing to the local pub to simply watching on their phones.

Wouldn’t it be better to give them what they want and plan your day in such a way that the match can be incorporated for those who wish to watch…. Even if you don’t.

    • Arrange for big screens… or just a TV… so that those who can watch are able to do so.
    • Look at your timeline for the day; perhaps extending your drinks reception for a little longer, until the match is over
    • Do you need to bring your ceremony forward to an earlier time (if this a possibility) so that it is over before the match starts

As a planner, I have been considering these issues for my clients this weekend for the past week, ever since England made their way through to the knock out stages and I knew there would be a possibility that they would be playing this coming Saturday in a crucial match. So today, it is just a case of putting those plans that have been discussed into place.  But if you are just starting to think about this now,   then I would strongly advise that you start conversations with your venue and suppliers as an urgent priority.

And, in addition to thinking about your guests, you should also be talking with your suppliers to ensure no-one is going to let you down (by not showing up); your caterer has made provision to ensure that they have sufficient staff in the event that some decide against working so that they can watch the match, and if you are planning to change your timings, you need to make sure that all of your suppliers can accommodate the last minute changes and have been fully briefed.

All that remains for me to say is that I hope that you have an absolutely amazing wedding day and that the England match becomes an integral part of your day and not a nuisance or inconvenience.

I hope this advice has been helpful. If you would like further advice or assistance with planning for the football, or indeed your wedding planning generally, you can contact me  either by telephone on 07734 976459 or by email at or by completing the form on my  contact page